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“Fantastic Interactive Tour”

A Christmas Story House
Ranked #9 of 189 things to do in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A Christmas Story House, now restored to its movie splendor, is open year round to the public for tours. Directly across the street from the house is the official A Christmas Story House Museum, which features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee's window, Randy's snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shields' classroom and the family car. After reliving A Christmas Story at Ralphie's house don't forget to visit the museum gift shop for your own Major Award Leg Lamp and other great movie memorabilia.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

The only grip I have about this attraction is the parking - but other than that, this attraction was awesome! We did the first Sunday tour of the day. You have to go to the gift shop to purchase tickets. My sister presented her military ID and received 50% off both her and my tickets, which was nice.

Once we had our tickets in hand, we waited at the front gate for the tour guides to arrive. The first of the two tour guides led us in and provided us with some history about the location. She jogged our memories a little with some trivia about the movie and provided us with ideas for pictures. She told us that the majority of the house was interactive and "please touch." She also said that the guides could take pictures for you if you needed.

After the introduction, my sister and I went upstairs to see Ralphie's room. We snagged a couple of shots in the bathtub, sitting down at the toilet pretending to use the Orphan Annie decoder, and laying on the beds pretending to be Ralphie and his brother on Christmas morning. From there, we went downstairs to sit in front of the radio like Ralphie did, had the guide take our picture in front of the infamous leg lamp award, and took turns holding Ralphie's bebe gun in front of the tree. There was even a bowling ball under the tree for use as a prop. After walking through the kitchen and seeing the turkey safely in the oven and away from Bumpus' hounds, we traveled out the back to catch some shots of the barn where Ralphie stood to shoot at Black Bart.

Once we were done taking pictures at the house, we traveled across the street to their museum. There were several articles in there from the original movie and there was a cast member (the guy who delivered the crate) on site to sign autographs (for a fee) and answer questions about the movie. The museum was small but informative - NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

From there, we went up the street a little to walk around the gift shop. If you are really interested, you can purchase a bunny suit at the shop to get a picture of yourself, your spouse or your kids walking down the stairs (although the suit is a little pricy) like in the movie. There were ornaments and mugs, and just about anything else you can think of with merchandising. The shop employees were very friendly and also prepared to answer questions.

It was definitely worth the visit if you are a fan of the movie!

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was fun. Although there is not a ton to see, they've done a good job of celebrating and displaying the Christmas Story movie. The "museum" was small but had some need props and pictures from the movie. The gift shop was expansive and had everything you could imagine from the movie. The house was nicely re-created and the staff did a good job explaining much of the background and how/where scenes were shot. The house was used for much of the movie on the exterior but it was a little sad to hear the most of the inside scenes were actually filmed in Canada. Nonetheless, the house was redone in the right theme and nostalgia. Worth a visit if you are in the area and a fan of the movie!! BTW, look for street parking. There is a lot that says "Christmas Story" parking for a fee, but there was plenty of street parking when we visited. The parking lot seemed like it was just a neighbor capitalizing on the house being close by.

Thank MDreviewer
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

My family enjoyed the tour of the house where A Christmas Story was film.end. We liked that we could touch, and sit on anything in the house. My son even got his picture taken while hiding under the kitchen sink like Randy! We even learn some things about the movie that we didn't know! All in all fun day!!,

Thank carmen_16823171
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

A major fan of the movie "A Christmas Story" decided to buy the house used for the outdoor scenes in the movie and turn it into a tribute museum. He ran into a number of hurdles trying to fulfill that dream. The tour guides will share the entire story with you when you tour the painstakingly restored house, which is just South of downtown Cleveland.
Its tucked away on a little street in a small neighborhood just off of I-71 & West 11th St. @ exit 247. You get about a 1/2 hour to wander around the interior of the house before the next group is ushered in. In addition to the house, there are a small museum and a large gift shop across the street. The museum has a good deal of background information about the making of the film. The gift shop has just about every collectible you can imagne or been looking for relating to this film AND National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (the only connection of the two films being Christmas). I got a Marty Moose mug! (The one that Clark was drinking eggnog out of). If you can't find something in the store, they said that there was even more stuff on their online website. When you approach the place on Rowley (one way) there are people with orange flags waving you into their yards for "convienent" parking. They have no connection to the museum. For ease of access, we parked there for $5, but there is a little bit of on street parking available if you want to save the money. If you plan on going, we were told that the place is jammed the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas.

2  Thank Dave H
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Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Good experience and they have an original cast member that you can meet and get autographs from!! They have added a gift shop which is pretty cool and the tour guides are really good at the house. The only thing is parking is free on the street and there is somebody charging to park so park for free on the street ;-)

Thank Amber W
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